Professor Philip Hannaford is an internationally recognised expert on the safety of contraception, particularly the contraceptive pill. Other research interests include women’s health and primary care epidemiology. He trained as a General Practitioner in Sheffield before moving to Manchester where he developed his lifelong interest in epidemiology and its use to answer important primary and public health issues. He joined the faculty of the University of Aberdeen in 2002. Philip is a member of various committees for organisations including World Health Organization, Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, and Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority.